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Uploaded: October 17, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: January 30, 2010
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I almost forgot to submit this next tutorial that I was supposed to get up at the site yesterday. So for right now I will be showing you "how to draw a swordfish, step by step". The swordfish is an extraordinary sea creature because of its anatomy and size. These sea animals can swim at amazing speeds for an animal that lives in the ocean. Swordfish can reach speeds of up to sixty miles per hour and they can be found worldwide in all tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters. Did you know that the swordfish can swim to the surface and go all the way down to nearly three thousand feet deep into the sea? Wow, that is amazing isn’t it? Anyways, the swordfish got its name from the incredibly long sharp sword like nose or bill tip that is attached to their face which is called their upper jaw. They have a total of five fins which include the dorsal fin, a tiny second dorsal fin that is located at the rear of the fish right before the crescent shaped caudal fin or tail. And they also have a pectoral fin and an anal fin. They have large round eyes and their color is a grayish blue on the top part of their body and their belly is off white. The swordfish has a very common diet of squid, octopus, other smaller fish, and crustaceans. Now since the swordfish have no teeth, they usually kill their prey by swimming right into schools of fish with its sharp bill stabbing from side to side until its meal is dead or injured. They can live in the wild for eight to ten years and when held captive they have a couple years added on to their age. Did you know that since a swordfish has such a large sword like bill they have few predators? Yes it’s true the swordfish only have a handful of enemies that call him lunch. The ones that do take a shot at this sea animal is the orca, sperm whale, and some large sharks. The fact is these sea creatures can reach sixteen feet long and weigh roughly around twelve hundred pounds. Cousins to the swordfish are the barracuda, mackerel, tuna and billfish. Just looking at the swordfish you already know that they must be massive looking creatures. This tutorial will show you "how to draw a swordfish, step by step". The detailed instructions will help make this drawing lesson a breeze to accomplish. I will be back with more drawing fun so stay tuned people.

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how to draw a swordfish

How to Draw a Swordfish

how to draw a swordfish step 1

STEP 1.

Now since the swordfish has a curved body position you will start this step whit just a few lines and shapes. Start by making a slightly egg shaped circle for its head and then add a long straight line for the bill. You will then draw a long arched line for the body and then the crescent shaped line for the tail fin. Make another line that wraps around the body line as shown in red on the left.
 
how to draw a swordfish step 2

STEP 2.

How are you doing so far good? Okay great. You will now start drawing the guidelines for the fins and body. But first make a small circle for the eye and then start the sketching of the jaw line. To the left draw another line for his pectoral fin and then another line from the top of the head for his dorsal fin. Begin adding the lining for his belly and then start sketching in the lining and shape of his tail fin.
 
how to draw a swordfish step 3

STEP 3.

Well you made it to step three, are you excited or what? I know I am. You will finish the top body lining and then the small anal fin on the bottom of the body. You will next add the lines and shape of the dorsal fin and then finish off the pectoral fin as shown to you in red. You will add more lining to the long sword like bill and then add facial detail around the mouth line.
 
how to draw a swordfish step 4

STEP 4.

Well you finally made it to the final step. I bet you are relieved huh? Anyways you will finish off this step by detailing and defining the fins and then adding a pupil. You will draw in the rest of the bill and then draw the lines for the swordfish's open mouth. Erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one and then proceed on.
 
how to draw a swordfish step 5

STEP 5.

Here he is your very own swordfish. All you have to do now is color this sea creature in. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to draw a swordfish step by step. I will be back soon so stay tuned.